I thank the LORD JESUS for each day that is given me to create wonderful projects...As always, I give Him all the glory.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Scripture Series: Bountifully Unto Him Card---Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving week to all of you here in the Blogging world.  So sorry for another late post. Last Wednesday, we started another bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  As always, you can join us with an inspirational project or use our Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) and let it inspire you to create---just like I did in the card sample below.  Our Scripture Word Art for this Challenge comes from Psalm 100:4 which says, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."

There's so many things to be grateful about in this life.  First, we need to acknowledge that we are in this world because God created us in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26).  Unlike His other creation which demonstrates His power for when He spoke, they came to be, He formed mankind with His own hands and He breathe unto us (from the inside of Him) the breath of life.  That breath is filled with life and everything that is good.  But we know what happened when Adam formed an alliance with the devil when he disobeyed God.  The pure and holy life that God gave us became  contaminated with Sin which brings forth death.  But Jesus came to save and redeem us from our bondage with Satan and brought us back to the glorious presence of our Creator.  This is true for everyone that placed their faith (Born-Again, John 3:3) in God's One and Only appointed Savior---Jesus Christ!  And though we live in this fallen world with people who are steep in their rebellion of God, we are under the care and protection of our Father who gave us a task of sharing the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) to anyone willing to listen so that they too can be saved from eternal death (eternal separation from God) where everything good does not exist.  A place of constant torment for Satan and everyone that followed his ways. 

Believers in the Lord Jesus are not spared from the everyday trials of this life for in going through them, we are learning to rule over our own selfish nature and to completely rely in the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to do the things Our Father in heaven purposed us to do. When we yield to God's Word, He changes us from within till we are conformed to the image of our Savior.  On our own efforts, we would be powerless!  So, this season of Thanksgiving here in America, we have to remember the wonderful things that God accomplished in our lives---both in trials and blessings.  Things that we often forget to be thankful for like---every breath, each waking moment, health and functioning body, sound mind, we need to give thanks!  Even in times of testing, when we take the focus off ourselves and look at things from a different angle, you'll find that there's still more things to be grateful about each day.  For even in our last breath, believers who put God first in this lifetime have eternal life in the arms of the Lord. No words could ever describe how glorious that day would be for us that love God when we finally see things the way God sees it.  In Christ, we never lose! So, every time I meet up with other believers to corporately worship and sing praises for the Lord, I am eagerly excited to sing, dance, jump, shout with all my might because I always have in me His very presence---a testimony of His goodness that no trial or suffering can ever take away. Others may perceive that my life is pretty easy and I am glad that's what they see.  In reality, I have many concerns but I don't let them dictate my worship.  Why should I  when I know that when I entrust everything to the Lord, He takes care of my every need.  That gives me peace, joy and confidence no matter what.  

Anyway, I would like to share what  my Life  Application Bible  shared  with regards to  our highlighted verse and Psalm 100 in general.  It says, "David tells us to acknowledge that the Lord is God!  How can we do that?  We acknowledge Him when we shout our praises, appreciate His status  as  our Creator, accept His authority in every detail of life, enthusiastically agree with the guidance He gives us, and express our thanks for His unfailing love.  God is our Creator; we did not create ourselves.  Many people live as though they are the creator and center of their own little world.  This mindset leads to pride, greed, idolatry, and if everything should be taken away, a loss  of hope itself.  But when we realize that God created us and gives us all we have, we will want to give to others as God gave to us (2 Corinthians 9:8).  Then, if all is lost,  we still have God and all He gives us.  God alone is worthy of  being worshiped.  What is your attitude toward worship?  Do you willingly and joyfully come into God's presence, or are you just going through the motions, reluctantly going to Church? Psalm 100 tells us to remember God's goodness and dependability, and then to worship with thanksgiving and praise!

For this Card, I used Heidi Grace Die Cuts to decorate and printed our Scripture Word Art on it.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 4.5 x 7 inches card.  I also added some Imaginisce nail head gems and some stitching.  I also have to make an envelope using a DP from Paper Studio.  I really wanted a quick card so, I'm glad I was able to accomplish it and it looks fab. 




This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Lil' Patch of Crafty---ATG

Hope you enjoyed my featured project today at WAW...I am looking forward to see your projects linked to our Challenge.  You can include the free Word Art in your projects to link,  but not a requirement.  You can submit any inspirational, uplifting, family friendly creations (up to 5 each week) for more chances to win our prize from our sponsor this week---Avery Elle ($25 GC). Okay guys, let us remember to count all our blessings and give glory to the Lord always in season and out of season. He is worthy to be praised!  I would like to share the video I took of our Praise and Worship at Church last Sunday and so grateful to the Lord that I was one of the ministers He used to escort people to His presence.  All glory to His Name.

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  1. Powerful words Jo Ann - there is not only the glory given to God when we thank Him, he then empowers us to praise Him all the more in our lives here on earth.
    Love your sweet card :)

  2. Hello Jo Anne.... i just wanted to let you know that you are our challenge winner over at Crafty Friends Challenge blog... please drop me an email so i can arrange your prize.


    Diane Louise x



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